Skip to main content

tv   The Daily Rundown  MSNBC  September 24, 2012 9:00am-10:00am EDT

9:00 am
what use are you? i just want to know. >> he's good at watching football. >> all right. barnacle. >> i learned no matter how hard i try, can never escape the disparaging comments. i wore a nice coat today. i couldn't believe it. it's a beer holder. time to wrap it up. it's way too early. what time is it? >> it's "morning joe." >> i say what people are thinking. the buckeye barnstorm. mitt romney hopes to make noise in ohio to stir up support in a key state. meanwhile, president obama hopes to hear the sound of violence.
9:01 am
what he says about the mideast turmoil besides bumps in the roads will be worth watching. education nation. nbc news is hosting leaders from across the country for a forum on the future of our schools. we'll talk to castro about what's working in his town. and 12 years into the war in afghanistan, find out what the top u.s. commander has to say about that country's future. good morning. this is "the daily rundown". i'm chuck todd. we're just outside the education nation summit at the new york public library where msnbc news is playing host to leaders from around the country. this hour we're going to hear from the keynote speaker. but first. let's get to my first read of the morning. mitt romney will campaign more aggressively in battleground
9:02 am
states this week than we've seen in a while. beginning today in colorado and then crisscrossing ohio on crucial bus tour. while the president tries everything he can do to let the united nations meeting come and go without making news. this is all a prelude to the first debate in denver. already both campaigns are doing their best to lower expectations. >> he's trying to prove things that i don't. he's president of the united states. very effective speaker. >> mitt romney has an advantage because he's been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year. >> both candidates are in debate prep mode. the president practiced on friday with senator john kerry. last night on "60 minutes" we got a debate preview.
9:03 am
the economy policy and the role of government. both asked about campaign hi hiccups. >> that's not the campaign. that was me. that's not a campaign. i've got a very effective campaign that's doing a very good job. but not everything i say is elegant. >> the president has acknowledged he failed to deliver on one of his biggest campaign promises. if you ask me the biggest disappointment is we vice president changed the tone in washington as much as we would like? >> you don't bear responsibility for that? >> as president, i bear responsibility for everything, to some degree. >> to some degree is an interesting little fighting words between the parties in washington. the two talked about the role of governmen government.
9:04 am
>> presidencies are remembered for big ideas. emancipation, social security, man on the moon. what is your big idea? >> freedom. i want to restore the kind of freedom that has always driven america's economy and that's allowed us to be the shining city on the hill. >> there's no bigger purpose than making sure if people work hard in the country they can get ahead. that's the central american idea. >> and here's a preview of the exchanges on taxes. here's hour romney described his tax plan. >> the current rate is 20%. the top 35 would go up from 35 to 28. middle rates would come down by 20% as well. all the rates come down. >> the problem that governor romney has is he seems to have one note tax cuts for the wealthy and rolling back regular lags as a recipe for success. >> meanwhile, romney tried to capitalize on an issue where his campaign still leads in the
9:05 am
polling i've seen and on the deficit. >> i'm going to look at every federal program. an i'll ask this question. is this program so critical it's worth borrowing money from china to pay for it? we just can't afford to keep spending more money than we take in. >> i inherited the biggest deficit in history. the deficit has gone up. but 90% is a consequence of two wars that weren't paid for, as a consequence of tax cuts that weren't paid for, a prescription drug plan that was not paid for, and the worst economic crisis since the great depression. >> and the two tangoed on foreign policy. >> the troops should have been brought back not in september. >> i say we go after al qaeda. u they've been decembersy mated. that we go after bin laden, he's
9:06 am
gone. i've excute on my foreign policy. it's one that the americans largely agree with. if governor romney is suggesting we should start another war, he should say so. >> and they clashed on the stance on israel. >> the president's stance not to meet with netanyahu when the prime minister is here for the united nations is a mistake and sends a message that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends. >> i have conversations with prime minister netanyahu all the time and i understand and share president netanyahu's insis tans that iran should not obtain a nuclear weapon. any pressure that i feel is simply to do what's right for the american people. and i am going to block out any noise that's out there. it was interesting how both campaigns reacted to the "60
9:07 am
minutes" thing. the two campaigns treated it like debates. both tried to overexaggerate some line that the other said, which is just the way debate press release attacks come. meanwhile, today the president comes to new york to deliver his speech tomorrow but won't have a single one-on-one meeting with a world leader on his schedule. this is about a do no harm trip. republicans are already making hey of the president making time to make the view today. hee will deliver a speech at the the clinton global initiative. robert gibbs was pushed about the schedule on fox news. >> we have schedules. leaders have schedules. in many cases they overreact. >> he has time for whoopi goldberg but not world leaders? >> the president is going to be
9:08 am
actively involved at the u.n. general assembly. >> the white house also argues that secretary of state hillary clinton will hold meetings. it's odd to have a president come to the united nations and not have bilaterals. odd considering what's going on in the middle east. the rom knee ney campaign is tro make these statements into an issue. >> i was certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because in a lot of the places the one organizing principle has been islam. the one part of society that hasn't been controlled completely by the government. >> some republicans made the leap, saying the president was somehow miz mining ambassador chris stevens' death. the white house says they were talking about the broader trends in the middle east. they say the president will address recent unrest in the
9:09 am
muslim world in his speech tomorrow. he will also argue the united states will never retreat and reaffirming the commitment to prevent iron from maintaining the means to create a nuclear weapon. how his words compare and contrast will be interesting to watch. finally today in "first read", mitt romney has been criticized for not spending more time on the campaign trail. >> we're going to keep on campaigning hard. the fund raising season is probably a little quieter going forward. we've been very heavy, raising money. >> romney held a rally in denver and has another colorado stop before kicking off a bus tour with paul ryan in ohio. romney senior adviser in a new memo says voters will get to know more about the specifics of
9:10 am
the romney plan and how it will benefit them. on sunday it was the latest survey to show him trailing by five or more points in the buckeye state. here's the reality for the gop ticket in the state. you could argue obama is in a stronger position in north carolina, his battleground state, than romney is in ohio. a state that every republican presidential nominee has won. this morning president romney has a new ad in ohio. some wouldn't sound out of place if he were a labor leader. >> fewer americans are working today than when president obama took office. it doesn't have to be this way, if obama would stand up to china. >> china bashing always works in primary campaigns and general election campaigns in places like ohio. the obama campaign is countering in its own new add. the first in the campaign trying
9:11 am
to use can 47% comment against him. >> mitt romney attacked 47% of americans who pay no income tax. including veterans, elderly, the disabled. >> my job is not to worry about those people. sfwl maybe instead of attacking others on taxes, romney should come clean on his. >> it was also a hit on his tax returns. the romney campaign is hoping this will help boost members in ohio. paul ryan is kicking off the three day bus tour himself. that's where we find our paul ryan man, nbc's ron mott. ohio, ohio, ohio. they have to figure out how to get this state back in the toss-up column. >> yeah, good morning to you, chuck. the way they're going to get that is get down at the ground level. they want to get together across the state because they are trailing. paul ryan rose in here this afternoon for a town hall in lye
9:12 am
ma. then tomorrow he and romney are going to appear together. on the third day romney is going to fly solo in cleveland, toledo, that area. they are behind here. the message, as is the case everywhere across the country is jobs. more specifically in ohio, manufacturing jobs. more specific than that, auto manufacturing jobs. one in eight jobs are connected to the industry. and the challenge for this campaign is to assure the voters that president romney would be a supporter of the industry and the workers. the president's campaign is reminding voters that general motors is still alive because of the bailout. now paul ryan today is expecting to see a little bit more friend ler faces than he saw in new orleans. a lot of folks walked out in droves when he got up to speak in that group. the folks who stayed behind took
9:13 am
every opportunity to boo him. the campaign is reminding that the media that the aarp, while today say they're a nonpartisan organization the campaign says it's filled full of lifelong democrats. perhaps the organization is not as partisan as they would like. we have nine days to go before the big presidential debate in denver, chuck. >> ron, thanks very much. remember this, by the way. about the aarp event. the president is supposed to be at a video telecast before ryan. they appeared to out organize the folks putting on the event there. developing now, we have live pictures here of secretary of state hillary clinton speaking right now at the clinton global initiative annual meeting here. the u.n. assembly about to get under way here. she will hold separate meetings with the leaders of pakistan, libya and afghanistan.
9:14 am
she'll be doing that. the president is not doing any of the one-on-one meetings. much more to come on "the daily rundown." some republicans are calling on mitt romney to show fire in his belly. plus, he made a big splash at the democratic national convention. castro is hitting the set to talk about what he's doing on education. first a look ahead at the schedule of president obama and republican mitt romney. the president is coming to new york. doing "the view" today. mitt romney is rallying colorado. he comes to new york, too. you're watching "the daily rundown" on msnbc. live from outside the new york public library. if we want to improve our schools... ...what should we invest in? maybe new buildings? what about updated equipment? they can help, but recent research shows... ...nothing transforms schools
9:15 am
like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this.
9:16 am
like a squirrel stashes nuts, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® liquid gels. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec® at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. zyrtec®. love the air.
9:17 am
9:18 am
. >> i think row got to get off the heels and charge forward. americans want a fighter. they want someone who is not going to fight over politics but rather shows that this guy, mitt romney, is going to fight for the american people when he gets to office. he needs more of an opportunity to get behind the side bar issues that is distracting from the positive plan he has to help the middle class, the hard working taxpayers of the country move forward. i want to see fire in the belly. i've seen it when he's been in wisconsin. >> that was wisconsin governor scott walker on fox news yesterday on sunday. with 40 days to go before the election, ploms needs a burning desire to win this thing. george is joining us today as a surrogate on behalf of the romney campaign ch he gave voice
9:19 am
to a criticism we've been hearing quietly. romney is not fighting back. paul ryan has been too caged in, if you will. two things. >> first of all, governor romney has the passion. he's doing everything in his power to win the race. so i'm not sure where the criticism is coming from. >> well, it's from frustrations at the polls. there have been misstatements that governor romney has made. when you look at the differences between what governor romney has laid out. an opportunity society where people have a chance to win their dreams, it's a clear message. governor romney will stick to the message. and it's a winning message. he spoke at the aarp. governor romney sent him to
9:20 am
that. >> do you think he's been too not able to -- too protected by the campaign, if you will? sort of micro managing him. >> no. we should be talking about the fact that 23 million americans need jobs or better jobs? not is paul being micro managed too much? he's not out there out talking -- >> he is talking. >> the argument is governor romney isn't good at the message. >> i think they're both good at it. both should be out there and they are. hopefully october 3rd they're going to see this. see the difference between governor romney's philosophy. he's done it in massachusetts and in the private sector, creating the private sector jobs. president obama who has had four years. we had $2 higher gasoline
9:21 am
prices. 8% unemployment. we are in debt. president obama said he's going to go in change things. if he's changed things at all, they're worse. i think the american people understand that. i think the critique on romney is what is he going to do to change washington? you're making the argument. the president himself admitted he didn't get the change in washington. does romney have to get specific on how he's going to do it? do you think that's the deficit? >> there's no question specifics help. governor romney has laid out a plan. he's going to lower the corporate tax rate and marginal tax rate of small businesses to 20%. those are specifics to help create american jobs. i saw your piece on ohio. everybody in ohio, we have american companies holding $2 trillion in your owes that they
9:22 am
made as profit that they can't bring back to invest because the taxes are too high. clearly president obama doesn't want to do that. >> this week is going to be a temptation by the romney campaign to hit the president on foreign policy issues. does it take him off an economic message? that's been another kri tyke. there may be things that make your base happy about attacking the president on foreign policy, but it takes the eye off the ball. >> clearly the most important issue is the economy. the failure of the president to turn around the economy. just yesterday president obama was on "60 minutes" last night saying israel is one of the closest allies in the region, the middle east. who is a closer ally? we have no closer ally. >> parsing that, is that a difference without a distinct? >> i think there's a real difference when we've seen, as we saw tragically, september 11th, these attacks across the
9:23 am
islamic world on american embassies. as i see it, we have to be respected, liked or trusted. >> americans aren't by nature the type who want to threaten people. but being respected because of your power is something that matters. you should this president -- un president, to the extent we've had any policy at all, it's been one of vastness, weakness and we're seeing now very negative consequences. i think governor romney should talk about that but not lose sight that the failure of the president is the most important part. >> i have to leave it there. thanks for coming on this morning. >> thank you. >> what can we expect on wall street today? market reasondown is. plus, we're looking at challenges facing america's school and the possible solution. the president american federation of teachers joins me next. first, in honor of education
9:24 am
nation, how many secretaries of education were former governors? tweet me the answer @chucktodd. [ male announcer ] let's say you need to take care of legal matters. wouldn't it be nice if there was an easier, less-expensive option than using a traditional lawyer? well, legalzoom came up with a better way. we took the best of the old and combined it with modern technology. together you get quality services on your terms, with total customer support. legalzoom documents have been accepted in all 50 states, and they're backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. so go to today and see for yourself. it's law that just makes sense. so go to today and see for yourself. what do we do when something really wants to be painted? we break out new behr ultra with stain-blocker from the home depot... ...the best selling paint and primer in one that now eliminates stains.
9:25 am
so it paints over stained surfaces, scuffed surfaces, just about any surface. what do you say we go where no paint has gone before, and end up some place beautiful. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. behr ultra. now with advanced stain blocking, only at the home depot, and only $31.98 a gallon. ♪ spread a little love my way ♪ ♪ spread a little something to remember ♪ [ female announcer ] fresh milk and real cream makes philadelphia and the moment a little richer.
9:26 am
9:27 am
in my public school, the union told me not to work past a certain time. i didn't care. i stayed. that's what they did. >> we stay as long as the doors are open. >> that was from nbc's education nation teachers forum, part of nbc's commitment to improving education in the country. the focus has intensified recently after the week long strike in chicago that kept hundreds of thousands of students locked out of the classroom while city leaders and teachers goeshnegotiated a new treatment. joining me now is the president
9:28 am
of the american foundation of teachers. randi weingarten. you said this was a good thing because -- make your case. >> so, we don't write the headlines, but kari lewis and i both talked about what the lessons are for the strike. number one nobody wants a strike. shiks should be averted at all cost. what the fight was about and why parents supported the strike is how do we make sure that we're teaching are tested? how do we make sure the kids get the resources they need. kids are sweltering hot in schools in chicago in august. kids don't have libraries. there's 83% poverty. they need libraries. they need social workers. they need those kinds of things. that's what the strike was about. how you fix schools instead of close schools. you make sure you're teaching instead of simply testing.
9:29 am
>> but let's go to accountability. that's always the biggest question. if not testing, then what to do with accountability? >> no one is talking about we shouldn't have testing. the question is becoming and some teachers in chicago are saying 18 to 25 of their days, remember, the mayor wanted extended days. 18 of 25 current days go to testing as opposed to teaching. and if we're talking about what we all endorsed and 91% of the teachers in chicago have been rated well by an independent measure. so if we are all endorsing common quarter, how you actually apply knowledge instead of know knowledge. then we have to spend the time, not just testing, but really teaching. let's talk about extended day. it sounds like you're in favor of it in principle. when it got to the details -- >> actually, wapd here was the
9:30 am
union agreed to the extended day in the summer. to make sure they had part in music like we've done in schools that really work. like another school that was highlighted yesterday was the edward school in massachusetts. where we also have extended days. the bottom line is this, nobody opposes accountability. evaluation, always on the table. the issue of how do we make sure we're really focused on teaching and not testing? how do we make sure we help every child learn. unfortunately what really happened in chicago was it's been 15 years of top down, very focussed on testing as opposed to teaching. >> you seem to be a little bit critical. maybe i'm mischaracterizing. but you said that it was a race to the bottom. explain what you meant by this. >> i was definitely misquoted. what i said is we have to
9:31 am
actually have a real race to the top. we can't just have winners and losers. every child has to be there. >> how do you create the incentive? the problem is we do all the incentive-based studies. incentives work. the studies show incentives work on all number of levels. why wouldn't they work on education? >> actually, who works on the education level is incentives aligned to what we have to do for kids, and incentives aligned to how we ensure they get the support they need to do a great job. no one is arguing about things like incentives to get people who go to their schools to differentiate pay. we've done lead teacher programs and things like that. we've done it throughout the country. the issue becomes having the right incentive and making sure
9:32 am
evaluation plans work. >> have the democrats been a good political ally for you? you're a good political ally for them? >> well, look, if you look at what is happening right now, take what mitt romney just said to a teacher the last few days. the bottom line is, you need to have a government or people in government that are going to listen to what teachers need to help. so romney is not listening to teachers. he wants teachers to be seen and not heard. >> i have to leave it there. nice to see you. thanks for coming on. first concerns on wall street about sagging, global route. let's get to the rundown. beck kwi quick is here. this has been the fear. how bad is it? >> at this poin the bears seem
9:33 am
to be ending the argument. this week is also the same note. the markets just opened and the dow is going to be down about 50 points. the only good news is it's also dragging oil prices down with it. oil prices are down to $91 in change. that comes as we hear gasoline prices have come down ever so slightly. by ever so slightly i mean down by less than one pen fi. so we should expect to see more lower prices at the pump. it's the only good news i can give you out of this today. >> we'll be looking for it. >> becky kwik, thank you very much. >> coming up next, an msnbc exclusive. blue san antonio mayor castro will join me to talk politics.
9:34 am
the troop surge is officially over. the conflict is about to enter, ready for this -- it's 12th year. the dramatic rise of insider attacks is raising questions on the future of war and how fast we pull out. this morning in an inexclusive interview. the taliban resistance isn't going away any time soon zlch. >> the nature of this campaign
9:35 am
is not ultimately for us to defeat the taliban. the nature of the campaign is to give the afghan security forces the wherewithal to create security in the country so the rule of law can be embraced and economic opportunity and development can move forward. >> atia, when you hear general allen say ultimately this isn't the united states' war, or the war with the taliban. it's the afghans' war. do the afghans know that? >> reporter: that's an interesting question, in fact, our colleague, lester holt, sown down in a rare interview this morning and gave a grim but realistic perspective on what americans can expect by the end of the war in 2014. they said they don't expect to defeat the taliban by the end of 2014. but the nature of the campaign now is to train the afghans to take on the fight so they can
9:36 am
fight the taliban after the combat withdrawal here in afghanistan. but that's very hard when you have you have afghan forces turning on the counter parts. general john allen says he's taking insider attacks very seriously, but he still trusts the afghan partners, that they braved the afghan forces to more than 300,000. but with those numbers also comes those bad seeds. and we're seeing those bad seeds turning their weapons on american forces. it has many people questioning will the afghans be ready, and will afghanistan be secure by the end of the combat mission here? >> of course, we're going to have a lot of coverage of that. lester holt is there leading our team this week. turning back to education nation, he was first elected in 2009. san antonio may yore julian castro is pushing for improving college access to expanding
9:37 am
prekindergarten. he credited education for his own rapid rise. >> i couldn't help but to think back to my classmates at thomas jefferson high school in san antonio. they had the same talents, the same brains, the same dreams as the folks we sat with at stanford and harvard. i realized the difference wasn't one of intelligence or drive. the difference was opportunity. >> joining me now, san antonio mayor julian castro. great to see you. >> great to be with you. >> how in charge of your school system are you? some mayors are direct control. some have rhetorical control. what is yours? >> not at all. in fact, san anton is fascinatin fascinating. we have 15 different school districts within the city boundaries, and unlike new york or chicago, some other cities, the mayor does not have direct control. but because the districts are so fragments, the mayor can play an
9:38 am
important role. it's someone who is a voice for improvement. it's a cheerleader for those who do well. >> it looks like democratic mayors around the counted are in political combat, if you will. mayor emanuel in chicago just had this. you see the tension. how much has the teachers union sort of not understanding the politics of the issue now and how maybe things have shifted? do you have they have? >> first, we see these sort of flare-ups every now and then. 20, 25 years ago, maybe 1987, there was a similar flare-up in chicago. but i will say what you've seen across the board, whether folks are democrat or republican is a concern to ensure that we always keep our focus on the results for students, and making sure the students are graduating. >> what about teacher testing? >> i believe that there is a
9:39 am
role to link student performance to how we evaluate teachers. i believe there is a role for that. >> you're working on this initiative to try to raise money, raise the sales, tax, if i'm not mistaken, in the city. is this mandatory prekindergarten? >> no, it's voluntary. we got together a group of business leaders and education leaders to come up with a way to move the needle on education. research after research study says the biggest return on investment is in early childhood education. this is a plan that would expand high quality pre-k to 4-year-olds in the city. >> anybody who wants it, the city would pay for it. >> the city is lempling state dollars as well. we would significantly close the gap in terms of who is getting it now. >> i want to ask you a quick political question. i want your response to what the said about a question when it
9:40 am
comes to hispanics in immigration. here's what he said. >> a promise is a promise. with all due respect, you didn't keep the promise. >> i am happy to take responsibility for what i couldn't get done. i did not make a promise i would get everything 100% done. >> the fact is the president didn't do anything in the first year when he had the able to coax them. he waited until l the very end. is that a fair critique? >> well, the president answered it very, very well. that he tried as hard as he could. >> did he? >> oh, i believe that he has. the fact is that you had seven republicans who, under president bush, signed up, said, yes, i'm beginning to vote for comprehensive immigration reform. president obama proposes it -- >> he proposed it after he had political capital. he had political capital in the
9:41 am
first six months. >> as he said, he's going out there swinging the bat to improve the economy. he did tackle health care, which is also a very important issue. 9 million hispanics will now have health care because of the affordable care act. so this is a president that has been a very effective advocate for hispanics in the white house and i'll just say the republican party is trying to create some kind of equivalency here. more than 90% of democrats in washington support comprehensive immigration reform and the the dream act. 0% of republicans have been willing to support it. so for them to suggest to the hispanic community that somehow it's all the same, and you know that president obama is the one who failed, they are the ones who faild this time and for many years before. >> thank you for coming here and participating in education nation. up next, another new round of poll. another round of good news for the president on that front.
9:42 am
first, white house soup of the day. and one where most staffers are fot enjoying it. tomato basil. we'll be right back. yeah, i'm looking to save, but i'm not sure which policy is right for me. you should try our coverage checker. it helps you see if you have too much coverage or not enough, making it easier to get what you need. [ beeping ] these are great! [ beeping ] how are you, um, how are you doing? i'm going to keep looking over here. probably a good idea. ken: what's a good idea? nothing. with coverage checker, it's easy to find your perfect policy. visit today.
9:43 am
i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
9:44 am
i want healthy skin for life. [ female announcer ] don't just moisturize, improve the health of your skin with aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. the natural oatmeal formula go beyond 24-hour moisture. it's clinically proven to improve your skin's health in one day, with significant improvement in 2 weeks. for healthy, beautiful skin that lasts. i found a moisturizer for life. [ female announcer ] aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. also discover daily moisturizing body wash. for healthy skin that starts in the shower. only from aveeno. droid does. and does it launch apps by voice while learning your voice ? launch cab4me. droid does. keep left at the fork. does it do turn-by-turn navigation ? droid does. with verizon, america's largest 4g lte network, and motorola, droid does. get $100 off select motorola 4g lte smartphones like the droid razr.
9:45 am
when i think of aspirin, i really think of it as that bottle in the back of my parents' medicine cabinet. finding bayer advanced was huge. i was really surprised by how well it worked. and i'd definitely use it again. at this day in 1957, when new york said good-bye to the brooklyn dodgers. they defeated the pittsburgh pirates 2-0 before moving across the country and later becoming my team, the los angeles dodgers. i know it's bittersweet here for some new yorkers. but there you have it. remember, don't blame walter o' malley. blame the leaders of new york city. there are a slew of new polls out. all showing president paum with
9:46 am
an edge over mitt romney. florida shows a one-point lead for the president. the president leads by 14 in romney's childhood home in michigan. north carolina, believe it or not. a poll out there has the president up four points. ohio, the president with a five-point lead. pennsylvania, new poll shows two points separating president barack obama and mitt romney. counter conventional numbers there as well. a distinguished senior fellow at demoos. kelly wallace is right next to me here. very cozy. and "the new york times," nicholas --. got it mostly right. the battle ground presentation there. does it feel like they are showing either mitt romney overperforming or president obama overperforming. but there seems to be a general trent that the president looks stronger in battleground than national numbers.
9:47 am
>> finally voters are tuning in and pay attention. but almost all these polls are margin of error. >> sure. you see the solidifying of position and the tiny sliver of voters starting to put the markers down. half o the voters have already voted. they haven't voted, but they can. 25 states already you can vote in some form, in person, early, absentee. the estimate now is 40% of folks are going to vote early. it's too bad you can't say i'm voting earlying don't show me more tickets. >> it's a disadvantage to mitt romney. this is not the time. he is saying that people are just now really starting to pay attention. he's obviously looking to the debates. but it is interesting. i did cover john kerry back in 2004. and there are some similarities. >> did he overdo it? >> i don't know. >> do you feel like you're
9:48 am
having deja vu? >> i do. his unfavors were not nearly as high. >> but not good. >> not good. and he had a vulnerable incumbent in george bush. george bush was leading. then you had the first debate and it changed everything. john kerry thought he was going to win. so we could see something like that. we'll have to see. >> somebody shared with me, well, after john kerry in the first debate, well, he made the playoffs. does the team make the playoffs? and that's what mitt romney -- i would say he is certainly in the wild card division. but he needs the new form. >> there's a disconnect between what the polls are showing and sort of what the feel is both in the media, and i think among the electorate. the polls are showing within the margin of error or close region, but there's a feeling that romney is losing it. and if that beings the general impression, that's bad for
9:49 am
romney. >> it feels like they're fighting that. he's not conceding. he was asked the very questions for the press corps today and in 60 minutes. no, no, no. we're even. >> whatever he says publicly, i don't know if it helps or not. they need to know internally if this impression of romney is set in stone, that's very difficult to overcome. debates or no debates. >> and the place i would say he's the most behind is ohio. and they're doing a big bus tour. mitt romney had more energy on the trail with paul ryan. they know that. and it's become a real problem. >> he has fewer ways to win than obama. that's a main cause of pessimism on their side. but there's a slight disconnect. and part of the reason is this race was stagnant for so long. almost a year. finally you see a jump-up for
9:50 am
the president. everyone is like, oh my god. it's over. >> where was the bus tour after the republican convention? it continues to be the biggest mystery. exactly. 13 rallies. >> this is a big deal. >> i think people don't realize it. >> he needs to get the cash. >> i there's another problem for romney that's brewing and that is that there is more and more enthusiasm building on the democratic side. >> they're catching up. there's still more gop enthusiasm. don't underthestimate that. they're still more ready to go to the polls than they were four years ago on the republican side. they're catching up. >> democratic voters were really not happy a couple months and they're getting more enthusiastic. which we come back, i want to deal with the biggest question of new yorkers this week. is this u.n. week or is this bill clinton week? we asked, how many secretaries of education were former governors? the answer, two, former tennessee and governor lamar alexander and dick riley was the governor of south carolina before becoming bill clinton's
9:51 am
education secretary. southern governors used to be a very dominant force in the education movement. we'll be right back. first, a few more polls to show you before we go to the break. senate style. in florida, democratic senator bill nelson, eight-point lead in that mason-dixon poll. sitting at 48% to mack's 40. montana, republican congressman, denny rehberg over democrat john tester. and debbie stabenow, a sizeable 16-point lead. this is a race some could get on the battleground, maybe it is not. we'll be right back. i was talking to my best friend. i told her i wasn't feeling like myself... i had pain in my pelvic area... and bleeding that wasn't normal for me. she said i had to go to the doctor. turned out i had uterine cancer, a type of gynecologic cancer. i received treatment and we're confident i'll be fine. please listen to your body. if something doesn't feel right for two weeks or longer, see your doctor. get the inside knowledge about gynecologic cancers.
9:52 am
knowing can make all the difference in the world. starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news.
9:53 am
9:54 am
the people of the arab world did not set out to trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. there is no dignity in that. >> that was secretary clinton at her husband's clinton global
9:55 am
initiative. let's bring back the panel, bob herbert, kelly wallace and nick. i think that's a preview of what we'll hear from the president. tyranny of a dictator over dictator over a mob. he seems to be almost wanting to punt it because he's not setting up any events, just ignoring it. >> he was asked what will your second-term agenda on entitlements? and axelrod said, ah, later, we'll kind of get into that. so again, like if you're him, why change the game right now? why say, well, here's how it all fits together. he doesn't want the election to be about libyan foreign policy. >> you know, kelly, it's interesting, really quickly, what hillary clinton was saying about the tyranny of the mob, republicans are saying hey, that's covering up what really happened in libya. there still seems to be a lot of questions unanswered both on her role and the president's role. >> there are, but ultimately people want to talk about the economy, right? so any day that the campaign is talking about foreign policy, it still seems to be a win for
9:56 am
president obama and not for mitt romney. >> bobby, you're a new yorker now. how much does clinton dominate this week? it used to be what would ahmadinejad or chavez say, and now it's turned to both mitt romney and obama are addressing bill clinton. >> exactly. it's really funny because, you know, four years ago, you know, bill clinton was the villain of villains when we were going through this primary, and now it's like please, bill, please, he's our guy. >> shameless plugs, nick, go first. >> a great story in today's paper by james glance that looks at how high-tech industries like google actually have a huge old heavy industry component. they take a lot of power and energy to run these big cloud computing systems. it looks more like the old heavy industry. >> interesting. your paper meaning "the new york times." bob. >> my wife's foundation,, they send big-city kids off to college. they are now sending a posse of veterans off to vassar. so people who have veterans that want to go to school, contact the posse foundation. >> very nice. and kelly, you're last.
9:57 am
>> to follo the politics of the day. >> colleague on the platforms of nbc universal. that's it for today. tomorrow on the show, we're back here live at education nation. former education secretary of education margaret spellings and anthony villaraigosa will be here. "chris jansing" is next. bye-bye. i'm meteorologist bill karins with your business travel forecast. after a chilly start, what a beautiful afternoon it's going to be in so many areas of the country today. from the great lakes to the ohio valley all through the eastern seaboard. a little hotter than we'd like from areas from texas back out into arizona. we're still warm in many areas of the intermountain west. nice in l.a. today, 78. enjoy your day. most of the pain i experience is in my knees.
9:58 am
when i think of aspirin, i really think of it as that bottle in the back of my parents' medicine cabinet. finding bayer advanced was huge. i was really surprised by how well it worked. and i'd definitely use it again. put bayer advanced aspirin to the test for yourself at [ male announcer ] introducing a reason to look twice.
9:59 am
the entirely new lexus es and the first-ever es hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection. ♪ spread a little love my way ♪ ♪ spread a little something to remember ♪ [ female announcer ] fresh milk and real cream makes philadelphia and the moment a little richer. makes philadelphia and the moment i'm bara ck o bama and i approve romney: "it's time to stand up to the cheaters" vo: tough on china? not mitt romney. when a flood of chinese tires threatened a thousand american jobs... it was president obama who stood up to china and protected american workers. mitt romney attacked obama's decision... said standing up to china was "bad for the nation and our workers."


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on